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The *Nero fiddles* pic of the week. And how often do you see a caption that combines exploding fuel tanks with people enjoying the beach? (📷 @reuterspictures)

The fire pic of the season? It’s the #climatecrisis springing the lock on Pandora's Box—and also the stuff of myth. The cobra-like flame—juxtaposed w the tiny firefighter & his meager hose in Pontevedra, Spain—is the viper that nature let loose. (📷 #Sxenick @epaphotos )

As far as lousy days at the office go, the Palace guard dripping in his bear hat proved quite the shout-out to the #climatecrisis. On #ChattingThePictures, we plumb @John_Sib’s photo (the excellent wide version!) for @reuterspictures. Watch now: https://www.readingthepictures.org/2022/08/sweating-palace-guard/

#TodaysDailies: As flooding surges to forefront in rank of #climate threats, Calif scientists reframing *the big one.*

#TodaysDailies: In TX, back-to-school days this year means Austin @statesman leading w emergency family reunification exercises. #gunviolence

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